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Spring Home and Safety Checklist

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

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The cold winter months are finally behind us and we are ready for the warmer Spring days, but is your home prepared? Following a home maintenance plan can help prevent potential problems before they occur.


  • Check your electrical outlets for potential fire hazards such as frayed wires or loose-fitting plugs.  Make sure outlets, fuse boxes and extension cords are not overloaded.
  • Move your multi-purpose fire extinguisher to an accessible place, and make sure it is filled and ready for operation.  Have your air-conditioning system inspected by a professional as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Check your water heater for leaks and corrosion
  • Clean or replace your furnace filter
  • Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct and space under the dryer.  Remove all lint, dust, and pieces of material.
  • Inspect your smoke detectors.  Make sure there is one on each floor of your home.  Test them monthly, and change the batteries annually or as needed.
  • Check the light bulbs in all your fixtures.  Be sure they are the correct wattage as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Replace all high-intensity bulbs with fluorescent bulbs.  Other types of bulbs, like incandescent, produce more heat than fluorescent bulbs.
  • Deep-Clean carpets, vacuum thoroughly and have them professionally steam cleaned and deodorized.


  • Check for damage to your roof.
  • Remove dead trees in your yard
  • Keep healthy trees and bushes trimmed and away from utility wires.
  • Safely store oil and gas for lawn equipment and tools in a vented, locked area.
  • Repair cracked, broken or uneven driveways and walkways to provide a level walking surface.
  • Have your sprinkler system serviced
  • Examine the exterior of the chimney for signs of damage.  Have the flue cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep.
  • Check for loose or leaky gutters and clean out winter debris.  Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawlspace.

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We are an ICRC Certified Firm

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Clifton is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

    • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
    • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
    • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
    • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
    • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops the Standards for The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Clifton

SERVPRO of Clifton specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

What is an Air Scrubber and Why Do We Use Them?

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

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What is an Air Scrubber?

In simplest terms Air scrubbers, or negative air machine, is a portable air filtration machine.  It draws air from the surrounding environment and passes through a series of filters.  These filters efficiently remove particles from the air to help improve indoor air quality.

Why do we use Air Scrubbers?

The goal of every restoration job is to safely and efficiently return the indoor environment to preloss condition for the customer. 

Any job that involves cleanup of sewage, mold and or fire damage will generate significant amounts of particulates and odiferous (smelly) gases.  These contaminants are a direct result of the damage itself, as well as the necessary process of treating and cleaning damaged materials.  An air scrubber helps prevent these undesirable and potentially harmful particles and gases from remaining in the indoor environment.

Mold Remediation 

Mold remediation projects can release large quantities of mold and fungal spores into the air.  These indoor air pollutants can affect the health and comfort of occupants.  Air scrubbers are equipped with multiple pre-filters for removal of visible airborne particles.  The final stage filter, HEPA, captures microscopic particles and microbes such as fungal spores.  HEPA filters can capture particles as small as 0.3 micros.

Think you have a mold situation?  Let our highly trained staff remove and remediate safely and efficiently

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Is Your Business Ready For "Whatever Happens?"

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

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The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
    This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

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Stay Safe Before, During and After a Flood

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

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Take steps to protect yourself, your family and your home from flooding.

Before a Flood:

  • Purchase flood insurance - flooding can cause significant damage to homes and businesses.  Flood insurance will protect you from the financial burden.
  • Protect your possessions - Create a file containing a list of al your possessions and important documents.  Store them in a waterproof container.
  • Prepare your house - place the furnace, water heater, washer, dryer and any other electrical components on cement blocks. (at least 12 inches above flood elevation).  Make sure the sump pump is working and also has a battery backup in case of power outages.

During a Flood:

  • Go to higher ground and avoid areas subject to flooding
  • Do not attempt to walk or drive through flowing streams or flooded roadways
  • Listen to the direction of local officials and stay updated by following local news reports
  • If you come in contact with floodwaters, wash your hands with soap and disinfected water.

After a Flood:

  • If your home has suffered damage, call your insurance agent to file a claim. 
  • Check for structural damage before re-entering your home to avoid being trapped in a building collapse. 
  • Take photos of any floodwater in your home and save any damaged personal property. 
  • Make a list of damaged or lost items and include their purchase date and value with receipts, and place with the inventory you took prior to the flood. Some damaged items may require disposal, so keep photographs of these items. 
  • Keep power off until an electrician has inspected your system for safety. 
  • Boil water for drinking and food preparation until authorities tell you that your water supply is safe.
  • Prevent further damage by calling the professionals at SERVPRO of Clifton to remediate and restore your home

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Is Your Vehicle Winter Ready?

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Vehicle safety is important during winter weather conditions, especially if you have to drive on icy or snowy road. 

  • Practice your winter driving skills
  • Change your wiper blades
  • Fill wiper fluid
  • Check tire pressure
  • Track your tire tread
  • If necessary, change to winter tires
  • Check battery and change oil
  • Keep coolant fresh
  • Check you brakes
  • Pack and emergency kit (see suggested items below)

Be Prepared this winter by stocking your vehicle with life saving items in case of emergency.

Winter Emergency Preparedness Kit

  1. Blankets
  2. Tire Chains
  3. First Aid Kit
  4. Battery Powered Radio
  5. Maps
  6. Flashlight (With extra batteries)
  7. Jumper cables
  8. Sand or kitty litter